My Vintage Computer Virtual Museum and blog page.

Compaq Portable III

My Compaq Portable III (added to my collection in 1998)

  • 80286 – 12mhz
  • 4608KB RAM (640k onboard, 4mb on AST Rampage ISA card)
  • 40GB HD (OnTrack BIOS Overlay)
  • 3.5″ 1.44MB Floppy (1/3 height from Pentium II era Compaq-Deskpro)
  • 3com 10Base-T ISA Ethernet card
  • 2400bps internal modem
  • MS-DOS 6.22, MS-NET 3, Windows 3.1, MS-Word 2.0

The insulation on the keyboard cables tends to crack and flake off, You can see in the last two photos that I’ve replaced the keyboard cable with an AT Keyboard extender cable.  I cut one end off the extender and soldered it to the keyboard.


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